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-0.51% decline
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Median Household Income
-1.5% decline
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-2.19% decline
Median Property Value
1.78% growth

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The economy of Kanawha County, WV employs 84,406 people. The economy of Kanawha County, WV is specialized in Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction; Public Admin.; and Utilities, which employ respectively 4.19; 1.94; and 1.51 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Kanawha County, WV are Healthcare & Social Assistance (14,506), Retail trade (9,909), and Public Admin. (7,912), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction ($64,354), Utilities ($57,903), and Professional, Scientific, Tech Services ($50,189).

Median household income in Kanawha County, WV is $45,882. Males in Kanawha County, WV have an average income that is 1.42 times higher than the average income of females, which is $37,164. The income inequality of Kanawha County, WV (measured using the Gini index) is 0.428 which is lower than the national average.


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Health & Safety

Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for Kanawha County, WV. In Kanawha County, WV the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 55-64 and 55-64, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 132 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $9,842. McDowell County, WV has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in West Virginia.


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Kanawha County, WV is home to a population of 190,781 people, from which 99% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Kanawha County, WV is composed of 167,969 White residents (88%), 9,856 Two+ residents (5.17%), 8,453 Black residents (4.43%), 2,065 Asian residents (1.08%), and 2,004 Hispanic residents (1.05%). The most common foreign languages in Kanawha County, WV are Spanish (1,059 speakers), French (376 speakers), and Chinese (362 speakers), but compared to other places, Kanawha County, WV has a relative high number of Gujarati (183 speakers), Persian (162 speakers), and French (376 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Kanawha County, WV awarded 2,063 degrees. The student population of Kanawha County, WV is skewed towards females, with 826 male students and 1,237 female students. Most students in Kanawha County, WV are White (1,558 and 75.5%), followed by Unknown (194 and 9.4%), Black or African American (191 and 9.3%), and American Indian (27 and 1.31%). The largest universities in Kanawha County, WV by number of graduates are BridgeValley Community & Technical College (574 and 27.8%), University of Charleston (448 and 21.7%), and West Virginia State University (444 and 21.5%). The most popular majors in Kanawha County, WV are General Studies (74 and 3.59%), General Business Administration & Management (64 and 3.1%), and Elementary Education & Teaching (56 and 2.71%). The median tuition costs in Kanawha County, WV are $19,047 for private four year colleges, and $6,662 and $15,572 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.



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The median property value in Kanawha County, WV is $103,100, which is 0.53 times smaller than the national average of $194,500. Between 2014 and 2015 the median property value increased from $101,300 to $103,100, a 1.78% increase. The homeownership rate of Kanawha County, WV is 69.5%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Kanawha County, WV have an average commute time of 20.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Kanawha County, WV is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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